Rafting at Nagataro [Saitama]

This is a just-about-right rafting place for family. Waters are not too rough. But you do get a small patch which gives the excitement needed.  Kids more than 120 cm in height can join. This place is not recommended for people looking for rough waters.

We visited this place in early May [yes - in the mid of Golden Week]. Started at 7:30 am from Ojima area. Our booking for rafting was @ 14:30.  We kept this much margin since it was Golden Week. But for a regular day, it should not take more than 2 hours from Nerima. Took Kanetsu expressway from Nerima. Get out @ Hanazono. Take Route 140 to Chichibu. Keep going for another 15KM or so. Turn left at Nogami intersection (you will see Seven Eleven). Cross over the railway line, drive 300m further along the road, then you will see Montbell club Nagotoro store on right. [Montbell Outdoor Challenge (MOC) Ph no is 0120-936-007 or 06-6538-0208]

Take extra pair of all clothes and shoes. You will need wear swimming costume inside additional special clothes supplied by them. You will be getting wet many times. You will be told that people in other rafting boats are your enemies and you have to throw water at them. You will be allowed to jump into water at certain places. So get ready for the fun. One problem: There were no baby sitting facilities when we visited in May 2009.

It takes around 30 mins for initial registration. Their cost includes the special clothes, insurance and locker facilities. They will instruct you about basic rafting techniques. Then getting into these special clothes is an exercise in itself. Do wear all the clothes [including jacket] available for use.





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